Tale Of The Tape: Better Sharks Venue – AT&T Park Vs. Levi’s Stadium

CSN Bay Area reports that the Sharks are expected to land the next outdoor National Hockey League game, a tradition that has become a fan favorite for around the NHL. What’s not decided, according to CSN (in addition to the date and opponent), is the venue, which boils down to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, or Levi’s Stadium future home of the 49ers. Where should the game be held? Here’s our breakdown:

AT&T Park
Levi's Stadium
AT&T Park
Winner While parking is an issue, public transit and the ability to walk to the stadium (rink?) is hard to beat. Throw in local dining options and other nearby activities and this category is a no-brainer win for AT&T.
The parking situation leans in Levi's favor, but Great America likely won't be open when the game is played, and there isn't a ton else nearby. The weather will likely be a tad warmer, but with ice to keep frozen, that might not bee a good thing.
Food and Drinks
We're sure Sharks fans would love chomping a Cha Cha bowl, and Giants home games put garlic fries on the map, but will California cuisine appeal to the hockey crowd?
Winner The concession plans for Levi's are diverse and sound delicious. Colossal dog, meatball sandwich, chilli cheese nachos - these are the hearty staples we're going to need for an outdoor game.
Winner There is no venue in the country on par with the views from above this park. World-class hockey on the shores of McCovey cove is just the kind of photo op the NHL is looking for with this event.
The NFL's newest stadium is grand, and state-of-the-art, but if the stands of the massive structure aren't full, it won't be a good look for the NHL.
Winner A look at the past venues should give us some clues as to what NHL officials are looking for. Previous MLB locales include Fenway Park in Boston, New York's Yankee Stadium, Chicago's Wrigley Field and Dodger Stadium in LA. Sounds like a list you would be a fool to leave AT&T Park off of.
Chicago's Soldier Field and Pittsburgh's Heinz Field join the home of the Buffalo Bills as former NFL host sites. Those are great venues, but no comparison to the name recognition enjoyed by the MLB stadiums.

The Winner Is

AT&T Park
Winner AT&T Park
3 out of 4

It's really hard to know all the strengths of Levi's Stadium prior to it's full unveiling, but we know what we have in AT&T Park, and it's one of the best sports venues in American history. It's surprising the NHL hasn't hosted there already.


  1. OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Baltimore Ravens takes practice throws during pregame against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 20, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Johnny Manziel (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
    Week 12 Tale Of The Tape: Baltimore Ravens At Cleveland Browns

    The Ravens have been enduring a most difficult season, and circumstances got even harder last Sunday in the win over the Rams when Joe Flacco’s season came to an end late in the game with an ACL tear.

  2. FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 8:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates a touchdown by LeGarrette Blount #29 in the first half against the Washington Redskins at Gillette Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 15:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Denver Broncos looks on from the bench Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 15, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 29-13.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
    Week 12 Tale Of The Tape: New England Patriots At Denver Broncos

    Tom Brady has had MVP-type numbers and consistently excellent production through the first 10 games of the season.

  3. Ben Roethlisberger Russell Wilson (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
    Week 12 Tale Of The Tape: Pittsburgh Steelers At Seattle Seahawks

    Ben Roethlisberger appears to be indomitable at the quarterback position, and he is the key to the Steelers’ season.

See All Tales of the Tape
Guide To The Holidays
Shine A Light On The Holiday Season With ‘Giving Tuesday’

Listen Live